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PowerColor AX7870 DEVIL 2GBD5-A2DH Radeon HD 7870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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Pros: Looks and performs increadible. Clocks high for a 7870 and is relatively cool and quiet. Better than almost any 7870 out there.

Cons: Retail is a bit expensive for a 7870 @ $260 but with a solid nice looking back-plate it makes up for some of that.

I recently replaced my HD 7770 with this card and I am so glad I did. I know most have said to just get a 7950 for the same price but I decided on this for several reasons. Top of the line CAPS and memory chips, (by the way these are 6 GHz Elpida chips) awesome cooling solution and a solid and nice looking back-plate were some of them. I paid $208 for an open box from New Egg, (they have an exclusive on this card), it was a reviewed card that was returned I believe and the only thing that was missing was the mouse pad. I have seen it and it's nice but it's huge. I would have stuck it on the wall anyhow as I do not have room for it. Ok, on to the performance. I went from an HD 7770 to this and my 3Dmark scores were off the charts compared to that. At 4.8 Ghz with the 7770 OC'ed my Score was 4135 and a Physics of just over 8300. With the Devil overclocked the graphics score was 9000+ and physics was 8500 but at 4.9 Ghz. A total of P8731. This is a huge jump for only moving up 1 series. I clocked this to 1250 on the core and 1450 on the memory with ease. Nice for a 7870. On Cinebench 11.5 Open GL was 87.79, again nice for an 7870. In gaming I had no issues with Crysis 3 or Battlefield 3 at all. I don't have exact FPS for those games but ran in high on both and saw 60+ in Battle field and 40+ in Crysis 3. I don't know the average or the max FPS sorry. I was too busy gaming and forgot to keep checking. As far as looks this thing looks as good as any card I have seen IMO. An all steel shroud houses 2x80mm fans and 1x92mm fan with a full length aluminum heat sync and four copper heat pipes to keep it cool. I ran Unigen Heaven and it hit a max of 71C but the fans were only at 65%,at 100% I only hit 65c. Most of the time it was cooler. 50s and sometimes 60s in normal gaming is what you can expect. Replacing the thermal paste with something better may bring them down further. Fans are not that loud even at full load but not silent by any means. All in all a great card and if you factor in the back-plate cost for any other card the price was fantastic for me. At $260 retail it is spendy but I was going to do it before the open box ones came out so it still would have been worth it to me.

I would not hesitate to pull the trigger on this, if it fits your fancy just do it. If it doesn't then a low end 7950 can be had for the same price. You may get a small performance increase but you won't have the "Devil" in your rig. With the OC ability of this card the difference would hardly be noticeable anyway.

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PowerColor AX7870 DEVIL 2GBD5-A2DH Radeon HD 7870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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A Devilish beast of a card. Top quality, performance and looks.

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